At the end of 2006 I think I am going to build my own PC. RIght now I have a poopy (it's the only word I could think of to describe it) Emachine with a Celeron 2.0 Ghz processor, 384 MB of RAM, 40GB HDDD, and a 128MB Nvidia card which I added later but hasn't done much for me since a) I don't have a FSB or Cache fast enough and b) It's an old PCI based system and c) the card is a crappy 3rd party deal that licenses the Nvidia name or worse. For now the system serves me fine since most of what I do is email, WP, and some Photoshopping. ANYWAY, my question is this: when I do build my own system I am torn between Athlon and INtel. Most of my buddies tell me to go with an Athlon AMD but a guy from church who is the real deal (networking, etc.) tells me that Intel is better and Athlon is popular because it's cheaper. Who to believe? He says they both do the same thing anyway, but differently. I think I want to go all out and get a dual-core processor and throw that in with a Gig or RAM, etc so I have something that's going to really offer me felxibility (I love to multi-task and have 2-3 (NOT 203, that was a TYPO) programs or more running simultaneously, and I notice that while I'm burning a CD or printing my processor goes nuts and everything slows down). So what's your take on the processor choices??